LMH electoral misconduct

first_imgRichard Russell also made a formal complaint on 1st December ‘regarding Lauren Petrie’s conduct during Husts,’ citing her ‘questions and general attitude.’ The ECT accepted that certain questions asked by Petrie had expressed a bias and that her behaviour was inappropriate as it did not maintain the expected neutrality of the Exec. However the ECT noted the election’s overall result demonstrated that her actions had not significantly influenced the way people voted.The committee’s conclusions stated, “The JCR Constitution clearly states that Exec members must remain impartial during the course of husts and elections.“Not only were the actions of both Exec members unconstitutional, the ECT believes that both Lauren Petrie and Richard Russell damaged the JCR’s confidence in the Exec and brought the JCR into disrepute.”Petrie’s resignation was announced in JCR President George Barnes’ email to students at the beginning of this term, before the ECT had begun their investigation.Russell remains a member of the exec. It is unclear whether he will follow the committee’s recommendations. Both Russell and Petrie declined to comment.Vice-President Mark Wilkinson is set to retain his position. In the JCR meeting a vote was held to decide whether the election should be re-run. An overwhelming majority voted in favour of keeping the result.One LMH undergraduate commented, ‘Perhaps such an important decision should have been made through more official means than a show of hands.’ He added, ‘What’s most worrying is that the finding of the ECT seem to have been largely ignored.’However, another student argued that Russell had nothing to answer for, stating, “Richard Russell is well placed to develop LMH sport, which is far more important than petty constitutional sensitivity.” The executive committee of the LMH JCR has been embroiled in controversy after allegations of electoral malpractice resulted in a comprehensive inquiry into last term’s Vice-Presidential election.The report, compiled by a JCR Election Committee Tribunal (ECT), suggested that two members of the JCR exec, Lauren Petrie and Richard Russell, “be asked to resign and be barred from standing in any subsequent JCR elections.”The ECT noted that Russell (Sports Rep) and Petrie (Internal Affairs Officer) had behaved in an “unconstitutional manner.” Specifically they had failed to remain neutral during elections for a new JCR Vice President.The tribunal investigated a number of incidents. The first suggested Petrie had instructed Mark Wilkinson, the eventual winner, to withdraw his application. JCR member Graham Wallace had originally stood for VP unopposed but was RON-ed, allowing Wilkinson to enter the contest.Wilkinson told the committee that on 14th November 2011 Petrie ‘requested that, if it came down to it, would I be happy to stand in front of the JCR and inform them that I did not want to stand for Vice President.’ The committee accepted the validity of this evidence as it was confirmed by a third party.The report commented that such actions had “created an air of hostility and vindictiveness in the run up to hustings and the elections.”The ECT also investigated claims that Russell posted a status on Facebook prior to the ballot, stating, “Whatever you do don’t vote Graham Wallace for VP.” Two of the committee’s three members  had seen this status, so were convinced of its accuracy. The committee concluded that such a public comment “was intended to have an impact on the election.” However they noted that they could not assess how people were actually influenced and this was something for the JCR to consider.last_img read more

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HKS virtual book tours feature recently published authors

first_imgThe Harvard Kennedy School Library, in conjunction with the HKS IT/Media Services office, regularly posts “Virtual Book Tours” that spotlight HKS faculty members with recently published books. The current book tour, “Nicco Mele: The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath,” offers an opportunity for viewers to learn more about Mele and his book.“We find that they are a great way for faculty members to get the word out about their new books. They are generally very receptive to participating, ” said Leslie Donnell, director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Library and Knowledge Services and manager of collections and digital content.Valerie Weis, research and knowledge services librarian—who has coordinated the most recent tours—said she seeks out faculty members who either have just released or are about to release a new book. She then sends a list of questions for the author to answer when he or she is producing the video with staff from media services. Weis, Donnell and Heather McMullen, manager of research, instruction and knowledge services, produce 15 to 20 virtual tours per year. They make every effort to include all faculty members or research fellows who ask to be featured, and Donnell hopes to begin hosting a few “physical” book talks during the next academic year. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Central Vermont Public Service declares dividend

first_imgOn January 9, 2012 the Central Vermont Public Service Corporation (NYSE: CV) Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend at the rate of twenty-three cents ($.23) per share on the issued and outstanding shares of Common Stock, $6 Par Value, payable February 15, 2012, to stockholders of record at the close of business February 3, 2012. As part of the agreement between potential buyer Gaz Metro of Montreal and CVPS, dividends would be paid up to the time the sale of CVPS to Gaz Metro expires. That deal is expected to close by the middle of 2012. Gaz Metro currently owns Vermont Gas and Green Mountain Power. CVPS and GMP will merge under the new ownership and the new entity will be called Green Mountain Power.RUTLAND, VT–(Marketwire – January 09, 2012)RELATED: CVPS to merge with GMP | Vermont Business Magazine Jul 12, 2011 … The leaders of Central Vermont Public Service Corporation (NYSE: CV) (CVPS) and Gaz Métro Limited Partnership (Gaz Métro) today …last_img read more

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Adam Silver decision on NBA season may come in 2-4 weeks, reports say

first_imgThe basketball world could have an answer as soon as late May to the question of whether the NBA will resume play this season.League commissioner Adam Silver will decide on the season’s status in the next two to four weeks, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported late Tuesday. Silver met with the league’s Board of Governors earlier in the day, and the feeling coming out of the meeting was increased optimism about the season resuming, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. MORE: Teams can test players and staff, with or without symptomsWojnarowski reported that the league will review several coronavirus-related factors before before making a decision, including ones involving testing, new cases in states that are reopening for business, and seriously ill patients. One other factor will be getting league personnel on board with continuing play after there is a positive test. The league has been suspended since March 11, when the Jazz’s Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.  NBA players want to return to action if it’s safe enough to do so. The Associated Press reported late Tuesday that an informal poll of players by the players association showed “overwhelming” support for a return in a safe way.The NBA remains focused on a “bubble” system for housing players and team personnel in the event the season resumes. Teams would play in Las Vegas and Walt Disney World in Central Florida. It’s not known how many players would need to be in this environment because, according to Wojnarowski’s sources, the league is still deciding whether to jump directly into the playoffs if it decides to play again. Several teams have been cleared to open their facilities for individual player workouts. Sources told Wojnarowski that the league expects 22 of its 30 facilities to be opened by Monday.last_img read more

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